CHICAGO, IL Nov. 19, 2021 Brave Space Alliance and other community partner organizations will host a memorial luncheon and town hall to honor the memory of transgender people who have been murdered over the past year. Several speakers will participate to speak to ways to prevent and address violence against transgender people, particularly those who reside in Chicago and surrounding suburban cities. The event is free and open to the public.
The Human Rights Campaign recorded 44 deaths from violence of transgender and gender non-conforming people in 2020, more than in any year since it began tracking this violence in 2013. Briana Hamilton and Latrina Banks are at least two transgender Black women who were murdered just this September alone in Chicagoland. Note "at least'' being used, because too often these deaths go unreported or misreported.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is observed annually on Nov. 20 to memorialize those who were murdered due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. Although not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as transgender, each was a victim of violence based on bias against transgender people.
The Memorial Luncheon and Town Hall on Transgender Violence will be held Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Room 43, 1039-1041 43rd St., Chicago.
Speakers will include:
-Alderwoman Jeanette Taylor
-Senator Robert Peters
-Congresswoman Robin Kelly
-Congresswoman Marie Newman
-State Representative Lamont Robinson
-Alderman Andre Vasquez
-Alderwoman Maria Hadden
Partner organizations include Life Is Work.
BRAVE SPACE ALLIANCE
Brave Space Alliance is the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ Center located on the South Side of Chicago, dedicated to creating and providing affirming, culturally competent, for-us by-us resources, programming, and services for LGBTQ individuals on the South and West sides of the city. BSA strives to empower, embolden, and educate its community through mutual aid, knowledge-sharing, and the creation of community-sourced resources as we build toward the liberation of all oppressed peoples. BSA wants Black and Brown queer and trans people to be seen, wherever and however they want to be seen. It also is a staging ground for community organizing and activism for the queer and trans community.
Further, the organization acknowledges that Black and Brown community residents deserve services that are accessible to them, in the neighborhoods in which they live. Brave Space is striving to expand its programming to all parts of the South and West sides and encourages residents and organizations located there to reach out and partner! The BSA Center is open Monday-Saturday. Visit the website and social media for additional information at www.BraveSpaceAllliance.org .
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